Food Bank of Central New York Receives $650 Donation

Photo Caption:Pam Racino, Woodforest Bank; Chris Pinto, Woodforest Bank; Andrea Latchem, Director of Major Gifts for the Food Bank of Central New York; Mary Newsom, Woodforest Bank; Danny Sumner Regional Manager of Woodforest Bank; Glen Leonard, Woodforest Bank; Beth MacCallum, Woodforest Bank; and Heather Decker of Woodforest Bank.

EAST SYRACUSE, New York (January, 2010) – The Food Bank of Central New York recently received a $650 contribution from the Woodforest Charitable Foundation.  The donation will provide funding for its Kids Café program sites.

The Food Bank of Central New York is a non-profit organization working to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education and advocacy in cooperation with the community.  Currently, the Food Bank supports more than 585 different member programs throughout 11 counties in central New York.  Their member programs include soup kitchens, food pantries and emergency shelters, as well as neighborhood and senior centers.

The Food Bank of Central New York also supports the Kids Café program.  The Kids Café was established to provide healthy meals for children in a safe after school environment. Currently, the Food Bank of Central New York provides meals to 300 children every weekday during the school year at six Kids Café sites.  In addition to the meal portion of the Kids Café program, the children also participate in Kids Café Club; each Kids Café site receives 9 monthly nutrition education visits during the year by a Food Bank registered dietitian.  The Kids Café Club is a combination of both nutrition education and exercise promotion to teach children the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.  Children are given the opportunity to learn how to prepare healthy meals and snacks, and are encouraged and rewarded for participating in various physical activities. “Thanks to your commitment to the Food Bank, you are ensuring our ability to get nutritious food into the hands of those who desperately need it,” said Thomas Slater, Executive Director for the Food Bank of Central New York.  “Woodforest Charitable Foundation’s generous gift is already at work, helping us to provide food to needy families - at a time when so many people are seeking help.”
For more information about the Food Bank of Central New York, please call (315)437-1899 or visit

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